Skin Inflammation 101: Causes and Remedies

Skin Inflammation 101: Causes and Remedies

You may not have heard of skin inflammation so in this blog post we’re revealing how inflammation affects the skin and what you need to do to avoid it as much as possible. For many the most common symptoms are unsightly skin eruptions like; eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and cystic acne flare-ups. Did you know that your diet and environmental aggressors play a role in how reactive our skin can get? What that means to you is that you need to carefully choose the right natural skin care products so they don’t make your skin worse. What’s worse is that skin inflammation causes aging and free radical damage! Ooh… don’t want that right? Let’s begin!

What is skin inflammation?

Inflammation is a signal from the body to begin healing any trauma or damage. When our skin becomes chronically inflamed, the process becomes destructive, and your skin starts showing the signs of aging, lack of luster, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.

What are the different types of inflammation?

There are two types of inflammation in the skin: acute and chronic.

Acute inflammation usually lasts six weeks or less and can result from many skin issues like; acne, sunburns and allergic reactions.

Chronic inflammation goes beyond six weeks and may be indefinite. It often goes hand in hand with eczema, rosacea and psoriasis—skin diseases that don’t usually disappear in a few days or weeks.

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What are the symptoms of skin inflammation?

  • a rash
  • smooth or scaly
  • itchy, burning, or stinging
  • flat or raised
  • redness
  • feels warm in the affected area
  • blisters or pimples
  • raw or cracked areas of skin that may bleed
  • thickening of skin in the affected area

What foods and drinks cause inflammation?

Eating too many inflammatory foods may cause chronic low-grade inflammation. Do your best to cut back on these foods:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Eggplants
  • Peppers (sweet, bell, chili and others)
  • Potatoes (all except sweet potatoes and yams)
  • Tobacco
  • Tomatoes
  • Gluten
  • Fried foods
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Blackened or overcooked foods
  • Excessive citrus

Treating Inflammation from the Inside Out

What are the top anti-inflammatory foods that fight inflammation?

  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Bok Choy
  • Celery
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Salmon
  • Bone broth
  • Walnuts
  • Coconut oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger

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Recipes

Anti-Inflammatory Celery & Cucumber Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 celery stalks
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • ½ green apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 knob ginger

Instructions

  • Wash all vegetables.
  • Add all ingredients to a vegetable juicer.
  • Stir juice and drink immediately.

Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple & Ginger Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 loose-packed cup of spinach
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 c. yogurt, or non-dairy milk/kefir if preferred
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, diced

Instructions

  • Wash all vegetables.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and purée until smooth.
  • Stir juice and drink immediately.

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Anti-Inflammatory Strawberry Beet Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped raw beets (peeled)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup dairy free milk
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2-1 inch fresh ginger (peeled)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • Wash all fruis and vegetables.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and purée until smooth.
  • Stir juice and drink immediately.

What skincare ingredients and natural skin care products help to fight chronic inflammation of the skin?

1) Turmeric

This golden spice is by far one of the most well-known thanks to its dozens of anti-inflammatory compounds, including curcumin. To calm the skin skin that’s worked up with acne, dryness, or even eczema or psoriasis, whip up your this mask.

DIY Turmeric Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 tablespoons plain coconut yogurt

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients and mix in a clean bowl.
  • Leave on cleansed face for 20 minutes
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and clean face cloth.
  • Finish off with Pure Fiji serum and moisturier.

2) Dilo leaf hydrosol

Dilo leaf hydrosol helps to regenerate skin cells; is anti- inflammatory, anti -microbial, humectant and skin conditioning. We recommend Pure Fiji Hydrating Multi Active Day Créme.

3) Dilo oil

Extracted from the nut kernels of the Tamanu nut tree, this anti-inflammatory oil promotes collagen production, which restores the skin’s suppleness and fades scarring and sun damage. Try Pure Fiji Dilo Oil a natural anti-histamine that can help reduce inflammation.

Pure Fiji Firming Day Creme

4) Cucumber hydrosol

Cucumber hydrosol is a soothing natural anti- inflammatory creme. We recommend Pure Fiji Balancing Toner.

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5) Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an old standby used to tighten pores and alleviate itching, swelling, minor burns, and other irritations. We recommend Pure Fiji Balancing Toner.

If your inflammation of the skin comes and goes, you might already know the reason behind it. But if you do suspect an internal illness—or you’re dealing with symptoms that don’t go away after six weeks—it’s worth making an appointment with your derm just to be on the safe side.

Posted: Tue, Oct 15th, 2019